ANC in the lead nationally

THE ANC remained in pole position in the 2011 local election race, taking 62.52% of the votes across the country by 10am this morning. (May 19).

The ANC had about 10 million votes to the DA’s 3.9 million (23.78% of the national total).

Results continued filtering into the Independent Electoral Commission centre in Pretoria, where politicians were arriving to check how their parties were faring.

A Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality explains why he voted for the ruling party:

Nationally, some 23 million people registered to vote, in the poll described as a “two-horse race” between the ANC and the DA. The total voter turnout by 10am stood at 5 933 265 people.

The Inkatha Freedom Party followed the DA with 608 740 votes (3.48%). The ANC breakaway party, the Congress of the People, had 476 633 votes (2.84%).

The IFP’s breakaway party, the National Freedom Party, trounced other established opposition parties to make it to fourth place with 412 985 votes (2.36%).

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